ALVARO - Reaching for the Masses

Singer/songwriter Alvaro was born in Chile seventy years ago, and is still composing and touring. Special mention must be given to Hueso Records and Alvaro, who despite what seemed a curse or jinx carried by this extraordinary work, are finally giving it new life. About the record: It must be said that the circumstances surrounding the record that you hold in your hands are far from normal. The recording was made in 1986 in Exing, Germany, but the master tapes were destroyed in a fire in the studio where the material was recorded along with thousands of other tapes. The original cassette format_¢‚Ǩ‚Äùas it was released_¢‚Ǩ‚Äùsurvived only partially. Producer Anton Bubenick died shortly after due to an excess of alcohol and cigarettes, and there was legal wrangling involving Alvaro and the owner of the studio. In other words, Reaching for the Masses hardly reached anybody. But one thing is certain_¢‚Ǩ‚Äùthe quality of the music has stood the test of time and sounds as fresh as when it was originally recorded_¢‚Ǩ‚Äùusing only regional musicians from a mainly agricultural area. The recording took about 15 days to be completed. - Hueso.\r\n
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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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